Originally Posted by Bye Bye Bicycle
Marco Cunha (Liberty Seguros) and Nuno Ribeiro (Efapel) seem to be going both to new continental team OFM-Valongo.
With both Ribeiros leaving and the rumoured transfer of Alejandro Marque apparently failed Efapel seems to be on the way down at the moment.
So 2013 will see five instead of four weak continental teams. Portuguese cycling disintegrates more and more.
6, no? Unless you consider Efapel are disappearing? Or is it Onda - haven't heard much from them this offseason?
Tavira, Efapel, LA and Onda are current
Louletano and OFM are new
Plus according to Jornalciclismo potentially Ceramica Flaminia will be Portuguese-licenced. I'm not sure I believe that, but that would leave 7 Portuguese teams. More than at any point since 2008 (Benfica, Liberty Seguros, LA-MSS, Madeinox, Fercase, Barbot and Palmeiras), no?
There were a bunch of riders who had nowhere to step up to, and a lot of reasonable riders have given up the ghost in the last couple of years. More teams may spread the talent thinly in the short term, but might be better in the long run. As long as we don't get another disaster like Liberty Seguros 2011.
As long as LA-Antarte are looking strong, I'm happy. I'm a big fan of both Mendes and Brôco.